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December 2017

Chanukah/Hanukkah

December 20, 2017 - December 27, 2017
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One event on December 2, 2018 at 12:00am

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Hanukkah is an eight day commemoration of the Jewish victory over the Greeks in which a only a one day cruse of olive oil was not contaminated by the Greeks. When lit the oil lasted eight days until more oil could be purified through a ritual. During this holiday a menorah is lit each day an additional candle is lit everyday until all eight are lit.

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Christmas

December 25, 2017
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Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. During Christmas many decorate their homes with a Christmas tree and festive lights. This holiday includes gift giving, parties and singing carols.

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Kwanzaa

December 26, 2017 - January 1, 2018
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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on of December, repeating indefinitely

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Kwanzaa lasts six days where African Americans celebrate their African heritage which often includes feasts and gift giving.

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January 2018

Epiphany

January 6, 2018
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Epiphany, also known as three kings day, is in remembrance of the three kings who brought baby Jesus gifts. People celebrate with gift giving and in some countries, children fill shoes with hay for the horses that the kings rode and are rewarded with small gifts.

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Orthodox Christmas

January 7, 2018
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Orthodox Christians annually celebrate Christmas Day on January 7th to remember Jesus Christ's birth, which is described in the Bible. This holiday is observed on the Julian calendar, which pre-dates the Gregorian calendar.

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Makar Sankranti

January 14, 2018
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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on of January, repeating indefinitely

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This day marks the end of the winter solstice, and is one of the most celebrated harvest festivals with dances, kite flying, bonfires and feasts.

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Orthodox New Year

January 14, 2018
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Orthodox New Year is celebrated by Orthodox Christians annually on January 14th. This holiday is observed on the Julian calendar, which predates the Gregorian calendar.

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February 2018

Maha Shivaratri

February 13, 2018
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Known as 'The Night of Shiva' this holiday is in honor of Lord Shiva, a deity of the Hindu Trinity. Unlike most Hindu holidays, this is celebrated at night and is more focused around self study and meditation.

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Mardi Gras

February 13, 2018
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French for Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras is the forty seventh day before Easter. The day is full of festivals and carnivals.

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Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2018
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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on of February, repeating indefinitely

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Valentine's Day originally roots back to a Roman festival called Lupercalia. Pope Gelasius declared February 14 to be St. Valentine's Day. By the 18th century, the people in England started a tradition of hand made cards which spread to all the American colonies.

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Ash Wednesday

February 14, 2018
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One event on February 14, 2018 at 12:00am

One event on March 6, 2019 at 12:00am

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Ash Wednesday is the first day of lent, people will have a cross made from ash drawn on their forehead to symbolize grief, sins or the dust from which the Christian god made them from.

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Lent

February 14, 2018 - March 29, 2018
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Lent is a forty day long fasting. excluding Sundays making lent a total of forty six days. During Lent Christians fast, live simply and pray in order to grow closer to God.

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Lunar New Year

February 16, 2018
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One event on February 16, 2018 at 12:00am

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The Lunar New Year is the first day of the year based on a calendar coordinated by the cycles of the moon.

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Chinese New Year

February 16, 2018
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Chinese New Year celebrates the first day of the New Year in the Chinese Calendar, which is based on the Lunar Calendar.

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March 2018

Purim

March 1, 2018
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One event on March 21, 2019 at 12:00am

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This Jewish Holiday celebrates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman, a vizier in the Persian Empire. Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays in the Jewish calendar.

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